The central Iowa town of Stratford is celebrating its Scandinavian heritage this week by trying to set a world record for the largest-ever Swedish tea ring. Catherine Bergman, executive director of the Hamilton County Seed economic development office, says the tea ring is a white-frosted desert that’s a sort of cross between bread and cake. Bergman says they’ve filed the proper paperwork with the Guinness Book of World Records and hope to be confirmed as the record-holder since there is currently -no- record listed in the book for the largest tea ring. She says this Swedish tea ring will be like no other, in Sweden, the U.S. or anywhere else. It will be 13 feet in circumference and it will take six-eight-foot tables to assemble. It will take 368 cups of flour and 184 eggs. It’ll be unveiled on Thursday at 10 A.M. at the Shakespeare Community Center. Bergman says most of the town’s 715 residents are expected to turn out and have a slice. A local person who came to Stratford from Sweden 75 years ago will cut the tea ring and it’ll be served with cider and coffee.
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